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I worked as a mason for about 7 years and then took 8 years off doing other things. I decided to get back into masonry as a contractor and went to get my license but they told me I need 4 years experience working under a licensed contractor in the last 10 years.

This is a problem because that means I would have to work for someone for 4 years until I could do my own thing because the two years I do have in the last ten years will roll off while getting the two more I need.

This is not an option, that would feel like jail time. Especially since I plan to specialize in outdoor fireplaces which doesn't require any critical knowledge and averages around 7k in price.

So I'm wondering if there are any loopholes I could use to either be considered a manufacturer of fireplaces instead of a contractor or...

I also have a contractor friend that is willing to make me some fake w2s and vouch for me that I worked for him but I don't want to get into trouble. Does anyone know the extent of their W2 verification?
 

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I worked as a mason for about 7 years and then took 8 years off doing other things. I decided to get back into masonry as a contractor and went to get my license but they told me I need 4 years experience working under a licensed contractor in the last 10 years. This is a problem because that means I would have to work for someone for 4 years until I could do my own thing because the two years I do have in the last ten years will roll off while getting the two more I need. This is not an option, that would feel like jail time. Especially since I plan to specialize in outdoor fireplaces which doesn't require any critical knowledge and averages around 7k in price. So I'm wondering if there are any loopholes I could use to either be considered a manufacturer of fireplaces instead of a contractor or... I also have a contractor friend that is willing to make me some fake w2s and vouch for me that I worked for him but I don't want to get into trouble. Does anyone know the extent of their W2 verification?
What state do you live in would help members here .
 

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Good luck.... for being a red state, Utah has some of the most onerous contractor license requirements I have ever encountered. Was considering relocating there because of the great skiing, but changed my mind when I read up on their licensing requirements. I recommend researching the law yourself and not relying on government types to tell you what you need.

http://www.rules.utah.gov/publicat/code/r156/r156-55a.htm#T5
 

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Could you not just find a licensed contractor, hire him and work under him? While doing all this under a business you own. Not sure if something stops you from being the owner and working under someone else as a contractor.
If it's difficult to get a license it will probably be hard and expensive to find some one to pimp like that.
 

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Could you not just find a licensed contractor, hire him and work under him? While doing all this under a business you own. Not sure if something stops you from being the owner and working under someone else as a contractor.
I have a guy willing to do that but he wants a percentage of every job. I'd much rather have my own license.
 

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I have a guy willing to do that but he wants a percentage of every job. I'd much rather have my own license.
Why not make a partnership with him and learn from him as much as Buiness wise as you can .
 

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I have a guy willing to do that but he wants a percentage of every job. I'd much rather have my own license.
Depending on what he brings to the table, in this case the license you need, and the percentage he wants, that might not be a bad thing.

Like others have said partner up, if he is willing to do actual work that is also a bonus, if he wants a 50% slice of each job for doing nothing other then bringing a license then maybe its not so great.
 

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As Tom said if you had a license.
If you worked for someone those seven years do you have the w-2's to verify it? If so - bring in that seven year work experience and talk to the head of the place you need to get the license.. It seems that you have more than enough experience. The masonry field has not changed that much in the past eight years. Has it?
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Do landscapers need liscences in your area? If not become a "landscaper" who does exterior fireplaces.
The guy who built a fireplace on a job of mine this year is a landscaper who does walks, retaining walls and exterior fireplaces.
 
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